Sebastian Vettel passed Hamilton at the first corner and ended up winning the Bahrain GP as the Briton faced a controversial 5 second penalty for blocking Ricciardo during a pit-stop.
It wasn’t a straight forward win though. Bottas started the race from pole but wasn’t able to control the pace that he showed in qualifying on Saturday thanks to his rear tyres losing air pressure, all the time. Ferrari played an undercut on the Red Bulls as well as the Mercedes’ by pitting Vettel early, but the safety car almost deprived them of the lead again, this weekend. Multiple drivers then pitted and both the Mercedes cars took 6 seconds for tyre change, which ultimately cost the team some valuable points today. It was an anonymous race for the second Ferrari of Raikkonen though, who finished fourth on the podium. Red Bull’s star, Max Verstappen too retired early as his car faced a rear brake failure. Ricciardo managed to finish fifth, standing out to be the best among the rest.
Lower down the order, it was another frustrating day for the McLaren duo as both the cars failed to finish again. Alonso was his usual on the radio being animated with statements like, “Never raced with less power in my life”, as he was fighting for the penultimate place on the grid. Later he also said to his race engineer, Mark Temple, “Do what you want man.” The Spaniard is understandably dejected and is rumoured to have been in talks with Renault for 2018.
Wehrelin and Perez on the other hand, had a brilliant day at office with Perez gaining valuable points for Sahara Force India by finishing seventh while Pascal managed a respectable 11th place.
The action continues in Sochi, Russia on April 28 for the fourth race.